Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385 Detailed Comparison

Yamaha RX-V4A

Yamaha RX-V385

SCORE:
79
SCORE:
74

Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

Highlights

  • 5.1 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Overview

Here we are comparing Yamaha RX-V4A to Yamaha RX-V385 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Yamaha RX-V4A has 5 channel and the Yamaha RX-V385 has 5 channel amplifiers with Yamaha RX-V4A's being more powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Yamaha RX-V4A gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Yamaha RX-V4A

Yamaha RX-V385

AMPLIFIER
79
VIDEO FEATURES
98
AUDIO FEATURES
72
CONNECTIVITY
82
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
51
RADIO
97
OVERALL
79
AMPLIFIER
78
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
67
CONNECTIVITY
70
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
51
RADIO
62
OVERALL
74

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Yamaha RX-V4A

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V4A over Yamaha RX-V385.

Yamaha RX-V4A has more channels, more power per channel and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DSD streaming via USB, gapless playback, Amazon Alexa, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Napster and SiriusXM.

Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
More Channels 5.2 vs 5.1
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAV
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz/32 Bit vs
Gapless Playback vs
DSD via USB 2-ch Input vs
CINEMA DSP vs
Virtual Speakers vs
YPAO Volume vs
HDR10+ vs
QMS vs
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
VRR vs
QFT vs
Video Signal Passthrough up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
MusicCast vs
Works with Amazon Alexa vs
AirPlay AirPlay 2 vs
Remote Controll App (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet) vs
Ethernet vs
Wi-Fi vs
Internet Radio vs
Pandora vs
Spotify vs
Tidal vs
Deezer vs
Napster vs
SiriusXM Internet Radio vs
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 80 W (0.06% THD) vs 70 W (0.09% THD)
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel Driven, FTC) 95 W (0.9% THD) vs 85 W (0.9% THD)
Higher Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven) 115 W (0.9% THD) vs 100 W (0.9% THD)
Higher Maximum Effective Output Power (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA) 140 W (10% THD) vs 130 W (10% THD)
Higher Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line) 2.4 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD) vs 2.3 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.2 vs 2.1 + EDR
Higher FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 69 dB/68 dB vs Mono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB

Advantage of Yamaha RX-V385

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V4A over Yamaha RX-V385.

Yamaha RX-V4A has more channels, more power per channel and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DSD streaming via USB, gapless playback, Amazon Alexa, internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Napster and SiriusXM.

Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 / vs 2 /
More Composite Video Inputs vs 3
More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
Front A/V Inputs USB vs USB, mini-jack Audio

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Bi-amp Capability
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Pro Logic
👍   DTS Neo
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   Dialog Level Adjustment
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   HDR10
👍   BT.2020 color space
👍   Dolby Vision
👍   HLG
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
👍   Bluetooth
👍   eARC
👍   New HDCP Version
👍   USB Input
👍   Zones
👍   Analog Tuner
CONS
👍   No Front Wide Channel Support
👍   Not Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   Few Channel Processing
👍   No Dolby Atmos
👍   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👍   No Dolby Surround Upmixer
👍   No DTS:X
👍   No DTS Neural:X
👍   No DTS Virtual:X
👍   No IMAX Enhanced
👍   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👍   No DTS Dialog Control
👍   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👍   No Chromecast Built-In
👍   Does Not Work with SONOS
👍   Few HDMI Inputs
👍   Few HDMI Outputs
👍   Few Analog Audio Line Inputs
👍   No Phono Input
👍   No Component Video Inputs
👍   No Multi-Channel Input
👍   No Analog Pre-Outs

Amplifier

Yamaha RX-V4A has 5 channel and Yamaha RX-V385 has 5 channel amplifiers. Yamaha RX-V4A delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Yamaha RX-V385 delivers 70 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Yamaha RX-V4A supports 8K passthrough up to 60p and Yamaha RX-V385 supports 4K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling up to 60p. Yamaha RX-V4A supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and Yamaha RX-V385 supports HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision and HDR10+

Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are both updates to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and support up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha RX-V4A and Yamaha RX-V385 feature Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


Connectivity

Yamaha RX-V4A

Yamaha RX-V4A can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

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Yamaha RX-V385

Yamaha RX-V385 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection.

Front panel has USB and mini-jack Audio inputs.

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Side by Side Comparison

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Yamaha RX-V4A and here - Yamaha RX-V385.

BASICS Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
BrandYamahavsYamaha
ModelRX-V4AvsRX-V385
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryUSAvsUSA
Release Year2020vs2018
AMPLIFIER Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
Channels5.2vs5.1
Front Wide Channel Supportvs
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Bi-amp Capabilityvs
AUDIO Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
Surround:AI™vs
DACBurr-Brown PCM5101AvsBurr-Brown DAC x 3
Maximum Channel Processing5.1vs5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationvs
Dolby Atmosvs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationvs
Dolby TrueHDvs
Dolby Digital Plusvs
Dolby Surround Upmixervs
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIvs PLII
Dolby Digital EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neo Neo:6vs Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audiovs
DTS-HD High Resolution Audiovs
DTS 96/24vs
DTS Expressvs
DTS-ESvs
IMAX Enhancedvs
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixervs
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDvsMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAV
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz/32 Bitvs
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBvs
Gapless Playbackvs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Inputvs
DSD to PCM Convertervs
USB DACvs
DTS Dialog Controlvs
Dialog Level Adjustmentvs
Dialog Normalizationvs
Dialogue Liftvs
Compressed Music Enhancervs including enhancer for Bluetooth®
High-resolution Music Enhancervs
Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)vs
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Settingvs
Audyssey Dynamic EQvs
Audyssey Dynamic Volumevs
Audyssey LFCvs
Audyssey Sub EQ HTvs
Audyssey DSXvs
Straight Decoding Modevs
CINEMA DSPvs
DSP Programs17vs17
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSPvs Virtual CINEMA FRONT
Virtual Speakersvs
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputvs
CALIBRATION Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO sound optimizationvs YPAO sound optimization
YPAO Volumevs
VIDEO Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
HDR10vs
HDR10+vs
BT.2020 color spacevs
Dolby Visionvs
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)vs
QMS (Quick Media Switching)vs
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)vs
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)vs
QFT (Quick Frame transport)vs
3-D Readyvs
Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4vsup to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 60p 4:4:4vs up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversionvs
Component Video Upscalingvs
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
MHL Inputvs
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
MusicCastvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlay AirPlay 2vs
Remote App (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet)vs
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fivs
Bluetooth SBC, AACvs SBC, in and out
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs via firmware update
HDCP Version2.3vs2.3
HDMI Input4vs4
HDMI Output1vs1
USB InputUSB memory, Portable Audio PlayervsUSB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Portvs
Analog Audio Line Input3vs3 (1 Front)
Analog Audio Line Outputvs
Phono Inputvs
Optical In1vs1
Optical Outvs
Coaxial In/Out1 / vs2 /
Composite Video Inputvs3
Composite Video Outputvs1
S-Video Inputvs
S-Video Outputvs
Component Video Inputvs
Component Video Outputvs
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs0.2vs0.1
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsUSBvsUSB, mini-jack Audio
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
Zones1vs1
Zone B Video Outputvs
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Outputvs
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0vs0 / 0
Party Modevs
MISC Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
On-Screen DisplayGraphical User Interfacevs color OSD
SCENESCENE (4 sets)vsSCENE (4 sets)
Web Browser Controlvs
PreAmp Modevs
Remote Controllervs
Detachable Power Cordvs
dockportvs
RADIO Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets40vs40
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radiovs
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
A.R.T. Wedgevs
Speaker Terminals5vs5
Large Speaker Terminals5vs5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption260 Wvs260 W
Standby Power0.1 Wvs0.1 W
GENERAL Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionvs
Auto Power Standbyvs
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 171 mm x 377 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 245 mm x 377 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 14-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 9-5/8" x 14-7/8")
vs435 mm x 161 mm x 315 mm
17-1/8" x 6-3/8" x 12-3/8"
Weight8.8 kg (19.4 lbs)vs7.7 kg (17.0 lbs)
Warranty2 Yearsvs2 Years
SPECS Yamaha RX-V4A vs Yamaha RX-V385
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.06% THD)vs70 W (0.09% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 295 W (0.9% THD)vs85 W (0.9% THD)
Rated Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven)115 W (0.9% THD)vs100 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Output Power (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel Driven, JEITA)140 W (10% THD)vs130 W (10% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)145 W (10% THD)vs145 W (10% THD)
Damping Factor100 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)vs100 (Front, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩvs200 mV/47 kΩ
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)2.4 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)vs2.3 V (1 kHz, 0.5% THD)
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1.0 V/470Ω (Subwoofer)vs1.0 V/1.2 kΩ (Subwoofer)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dBvs110 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+0/-3 dB (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)vs+0/-3 dB (AV 2 etc. to Front, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)150 µV (Speaker Out)vs150 µV (Speaker Out)
Channel Separation at 1 kHz/10 kHz (LINE)70 dB/50 dBvs70 dB/50 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
Bluetooth Version4.2vs2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHzvs2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5 V, 1 AvsUSB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHzvs87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)vsMono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 69 dB/68 dBvsMono/Stereo: 65 dB/64 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%vsMono/Stereo: 0.5%/0.6%
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHzvs530 kHz - 1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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